POTSDAM - Seven Clarkson University teams took home prizes at the fifth annual New York State Business Plan Competition in Albany on Friday.
Competing against 560 student-led startups from 36 colleges and universities across New York state, the interdisciplinary teams representing all of Clarkson Universitys schools took home nearly twice as many prizes than any other college or university at the competition.
Clarksons Renoun Ski (Cameron Jones) took second place in the Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology category and won a $5,000 prize. Renoun, which is producing a ski to adapt instantly to snow conditions using a patent-pending technology and principals of aircraft design, also took home a prize last year. See a video about Renoun at http://youtu.be/V6UQLOHY2Pg .
Two Clarkson University teams took home the Peoples Choice awards in their categories, winning $1,500 each. Steam Engine Technologies (Matthew Burke) took the award in the Energy/Sustainability category, while Outland Manufacturing (Dan Briere and Evan Jennings) took the prize in the Social/Non-Profit category. Read more about Outland Manufacturing at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2014/news-release_2014-04-02-1.html .
Three Clarkson University teams won Team Spirit Awards. Maji Moto (Lorraine Njoki, Lauren Magin, Erik Worden, Salvatore Riniolo) took home the prize in the Energy/Sustainability category; Deuell Automated Machines (Benjamin Deuell) won in the Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology category; and Ambizione LLC (Briar Bonadonna) took it in the Products/Services category.
The Rookie of the Year prize in the Products/Services category went to The Pet Pita (Bryce Bandish).
These students are pursuing their passions with diverse businesses and innovations that include a water purification system, self-adapting skis and a product to simplify the administration of pet medication, said Clarkson Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Director of Operations Erin Draper. Here at Clarkson, we ask students in all major and years to challenge the status quo and we provide them with the resources and guidance to help make their ideas a reality. Two of the eight Clarkson teams represented in Albany were made up of first-year students. Both won awards and will continue to grow their companies over their remaining three years at Clarkson.
You can find out more about Clarksons entrepreneurial students in this WPBS TV special: http://watch.wpbstv.org/video/2365190639 .
In March, Clarkson University teams came home with four first-place, four second-place, and two third-place awards at the North Country Regional Business Plan Competition, competing against five other universities and colleges. More than 40 students from six North Country colleges and universities pitched their businesses in the competition, cohosted by Clarksons Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and SUNY Plattsburghs Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Ten teams from the north country, eight of them from Clarkson, advanced to the finals in Albany. Read more about the north country competition at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2014/news-release_2014-04-03-1.html .
A total of 92 student-led startups from 36 colleges and universities pitched their business plans for innovations in a variety of sectors that are growing New York States advanced economy, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and clean energy, among others.
The 2014 competition was the largest yet, with an unprecedented number of competitors representing all 10 of the states economic development regions, as defined by Governor Andrew Cuomos Regional Development Councils that were created to expand economic opportunities throughout the Empire State.
Title Sponsors SEFCU and SUNY provided generous support for the competition, which was presented collaboratively by CNSE, UAlbanys School of Business, and Syracuse University. A panel of national venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, and seasoned entrepreneurs chose the winning teams.